James Cameron Using a ‘Simple Hack’ to Achieve High Frame Rate on ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’

James Cameron will be using a “simple hack” to bring high-frame rate projection to standard cinemas for his upcoming “Avatar: The Way of Water.”Previous attempts to distribute high frame rate versions of films globally have been largely unsuccessful with theatre owners and audiences, due to high projector upgrade costs and a perceived lack of cinema aesthetics.Instead, Cameron will be working within established digital cinema specifications which allow for digital cinema packages (Dcp) screening at 48fps, which a majority of 3D enabled cinemas can project.Speaking to audiences via video call at the Busan International Film Festival in South Korea, Cameron admitted that high frame rate filmmaking had creative limitations.“We’re using [high frame rate] to improve the 3D where we want a heightened sense of presence, such as underwater or in some of the flying scenes.

For shots of just people standing around talking, [high frame rate] works against us because it creates

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